Interview with Marion Barry
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

I GUESS I WAS ASKING, WERE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY MEETING WITH FUNDRAISING PEOPLE, WITH FOUNDATION PEOPLE WHICH YOU CAN IN RETROSPECT ANALYZE?

Marion Barry:

Well I can't remember too many of those. Most of the time I was debating about when we going to get our money and and how we could get it over to the people that needed it. I was not in too many—I think I might have gone to New York a few times to sit in some of those meetings, to try to get as much as we could for SNCC. That was a big debate as who ought to get the money too. It wasn't quite that easy to say well we ought to give it for SNCC. I mean SCLC wanted some of it. The NAACP wanted some of it. CORE wanted some of it. The people of Mississippi were the, the COFO people wanted it, people in southwest Georgia wanted it and, and so we were constantly battling for what I consider our legitimate share of that money. And I don't think that, you know the money thing really changed the people who working in the projects. I think they needed it to, to survive. And they were, they managed to use it to survive and even though there were some other agendas now that I know looking back at it, that were, that were attached to it.